Highlights of Fees

The morning was started with another lovely breakfast at the Riad.  Then we were again picked up by our guide for the day.  He took us around to show us more of the Medina.

Another beautiful gate.

We also stopped for a group picture here, and while we were all standing there I felt someone playing with my hair.  I turned to Hubby and asked if he was touching my hair and he said no, so I turned and asked the girls on my other side if they were playing with it and they said no too.  So now I’m freaked out, some random person was touching my hair.  I start looking around to see who is touching me and another lady walks by laughing and smiling.  Again, not sure if she was being friendly or what her intention was, but it definitely freaked me out.  At this point I was wishing I wore my hair up.

Another area of the Medina.
Giant basket full of live snails.
Camel meat for sale, not sure if I should laugh or cry.
Lots of olives.
Dying silk thread.
Shop full of tea pots.
Look out for that donkey!
Entrance to the mosque.
Part of the university that we were allowed to go into.
Tiles with writing from the Qur’an.
Hard to get a picture without all the other tourists.

Our next stop was a carpet shop that was really more like a carpet palace.  The building was huge and very beautiful.  We got to go upstairs and see three women hand-knotting a rug.  It was crazy to watch them be able to tie these knots so quickly to make very intricate patterns.  After that neat experience, things started to get interesting.  Now it was time for the hard sales pitches to come out.

Now we are sat down for some tea while the main salesman starts explaining all the different types of rugs and patterns.  They proceeded to roll out at least 30 different carpets on top of each other.

Then they decided to split us up.  Hubby and I were taken upstairs to “browse” and B was taken to another room, while R and K were left in the main room.  They start asking us which ones we like and giving us the prices (which were hugely inflated).  We aren’t really biting at anything so they start to ask us for our “best price”  which of course they scoff at.  This back and forth continues on and on.  And eventually starts to turn a little hostile.  The main guy was starting to act offended because he’s giving us a good price “for the baby” and we still aren’t happy.  We were being very polite and trying to figure out what we were going to do, but that guy made us both very uncomfortable.  Eventually we got them down to a price we thought was reasonable and bought a carpet that’s now sitting in the baby’s room.  I love the rug, but I don’t know that I’d ever want to go back to that shop again.  Not a fan of the high pressure, awkward, force-you-into-buying-something method.

Next up we went to a shop where they were weaving scarves and tapestries.  This shop had so many gorgeous things and was nothing like the last  one in terms of pressure, but I was still kind of flustered from the carpet shop that I couldn’t decide on anything and walked away empty handed.

The shop owner decided to teach Hubby how to properly wear a scarf.

Ready for a camel ride through the Sahara.

 Then my husband decided I needed the same lesson.

You think it’s a good look?

 Our final stop was the leather tanneries.

All the different leather goods available for purchase.

All in all, a very fun and educational day.  I knew there was going to be some bartering involved if we wanted to purchase things, but I was definitely not expecting it to be as aggressive as it was.  The carpet shop was the worst.  The people selling leather weren’t as bad, but whenever you ask the price, instead of answering they ask you what you want to pay.  I found it to be very frustrating, but now I know how it is, and I would be better prepared to go back to a place like that now.  I really enjoyed having a guide both days.  It made me feel much more comfortable and if we had been by ourselves I’m not sure if we would’ve found much of anything.  The Medina is very hard to get around if you don’t know where you’re going.  We had one more day left in Morocco and it was a completely new experience for all of us!